…[T]he race toward revolutionary quantum capabilities could hit a breakthrough at any time…

…“Right now, it’s nothing that we really have to worry about,” Herman said. “It’s an indication that the United States … [is] still very much ahead in the race towards developing a large-scale quantum computer…”

…“The fact that we have a lead doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to win,” Herman added. “It’s like the hare and the tortoise. We’re like the hare, we’ve sprinted ahead… but the Chinese are moving ahead toward us, slowly but surely…”